A photo comparison of the Inov-8 Roclite 295 models.
My one gripe with the Roclite 295’s has been the durability of the upper. I have been through 4 pairs and they have all torn in the same place after about 250 miles. They are roomy in the toe box and my wide feet do exert pressure at those points. Especially running on coastal trails with a steep camber. Looks like Inov-8 have listened and there is a tension strap right over those weak points as well as a much tougher material in the upper construction. The lacing system also had a habit of ripping on me and this too has been improved with tougher materials and lighter laces. The outsole is almost identical except a flash of yellow for anyone in my wake. One big change… check the arrows on the heel. The 2013 Inov-8 model is now sporting a 6mm drop (two arrows) rather than the old 9mm drop (three arrows). More than happy with this transition as my road shoes and other trail shoes are generally 6mm or below now.
First impressions were very positive. The shoes fitted snuggly as with the old model and wore in very well on the first run. Look forward to putting them through their paces at Ultra Trail South West this June.